Aram Bartholl

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Aram Bartholl
foto by Eva Paulsen 2011
Birth name Aram Bartholl
Born 27 December 1972
Bremen, Germany
Nationality German
Field contemporary art, digital art, conceptual art
Training Berlin University of the Arts
Patrons rowserday/5/ Browserday 2001],
Video Art Award Bremen 2007,
Transmediale 2007 honoralble mention

Aram Bartholl (born 1972, in Germany) is a conceptual artist. He has been working in Berlin since 1995, and is known for his examination of the relationship between the digital and physical world.[1] In his play on video game adaptations he is connecting the virtual and real world in a new way.[2][3]


Aram Bartholl studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and graduated there in 2001 with the thesis "Bits on Location". This work also won him the Browserday competition in the same year. During his schooltime he held a 9 month internship position at the Rotterdam based architecture office MVRDV. From 1996-2000 he was part of the artist group "Freies Fach" which was known for its discurs on urban matters and for its public interventions [4]

In 2007 he received an honorable mention by the Transmediale for the piece "Random Screen" [5] and with the concept for the performance piece "Sociial" he won the 17th Video Art Award Bremen 2007 [6] For his Second Life related project "Sandbox Berlin" Bartholl received grants from the Cultural Department of the Senate of Berlin and in 2008 received the German Art Fund KUNSTFOND 10-month working grant.[7] In spring 2009 he was artist in residence at the V2 Institute for the Unstable Media residency program AIR and developed with help of the staff the "Tweet Bubble Series" during that period.

Aram Bartholl is represented by the gallery [DAM] Berlin | Frankfurt and xpo gallery Paris. Since February 2009 he is member of the Internet based Free Art and Technology Lab a.k.a. F.A.T. Lab founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly. His latest project is to set up an offline peer-to-peer file-sharing network at five public locations in New York using dead drops: USB sticks cemented into walls.[8]

Notable art works[edit]


Solo shows:

  • 2012 Reply All, DAM Berlin, Germany [9]
  • 2009 5 Minute Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 2006 'Ceci n'est pas un restaurant.', Berlin, Germany

Group shows (selected):








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